Microsoft "Investing Aggressively" in Gaming Content, Community, and Cloud Services

Microsoft is investing heavily across all areas of gaming, and shares the outlook for the current quarter, expecting revenue growth in the mid-teens.

During Microsoft’s quarterly financial conference call for investors and analysts, Chief Operating Officer Satya Nadella and Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood talked about the current situation of the Xbox business.

Nadella underlined that this fiscal year Microsoft’s gaming business passed ten billion dollars in revenue for the first time, and mentioned that the company is aggressively investing in content, community, and cloud services for games.

“In gaming, we’re pursuing our expansive opportunity from the way games are created and distributed, to how they’re played and viewed, surpassing ten billion revenue this year for the first time. We’re investing aggressively in content, community, and cloud services across every end-point to expand usage and deepen engagement with gamers.

The combination of Xbox Live Game Pass subscription and Mixer are driving record levels of growth and engagement.”

Nadella also commented on requent acquisitions.

“PlayFab accelerates our vision to build a world-class cloud platform for the gaming industry across mobile, PC, and console. The addition of five new gaming studios bolsters our first-party content development to support our fast-growing gaming services.”

Hood talked about the outlook for the gaming business in the current fiscal quarter (between July 1st and September 30th, 2019). Microsoft expects revenue growth around 15%.

“In gaming, we expect mid-teens revenue growth, with continued strong user engagement on our platforms.  The software and services growth rate will moderate due to a strong third-party title launch a year ago.”

If you’re interested in reading more about Microsoft’s results in the past fiscal year, you can check out our dedicated article.

If you still don’t have an Xbox One X and would like to grab one, you can purchase your unit on Amazon. If you prefer something less over-the-top, you can grab an Xbox One S.

Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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